Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 3.12.17 PMForget Techcrunch or Reddit. I don’t have time to keep up with the thousands of funding announcements and noise coming through those channels. Somehow I manage to stay up to date because people often ask me how I know what’s going in the startup world. Here are the channels I use to filter the signal from the noise:

1) Hacker News- It’s super nerdy, but looking at HN allows you to see what real hackers are worried about or interested in. The HN community is known for its authenticity and adherence to strict standards of bringing value to participants. Now, a new service called HNDigest will push you HN info based on what you’d like to see.

2) Twitter Digests- Each day, Twitter sends me the most important tweets from my followers that day. Rather than being distracted all day by tweets flying all over the place, I make sure to pay attention to this one email that sums it all up.

3) My mom- No joke. Since I’m the “tech person” in the family, they will often come to me and ask me my thoughts on the latest news. Last week, my mom said “Did you download that new iOS program?” I had no idea what she was talking about, but she alerted me to the iOS7 frenzy (hey, I’m building a startup, I can’t really stay up on all the latest Apple updates). One news has reached my family, I know it’s a big deal because it’s being broadcast to the masses.

What are your ways for keeping up with important news without feeling inundated with tons of information?